Caddo Parish Coroner's Office

News & Announcements

Fall 2009

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office is very pleased to launch a browser friendly website; just one of the many accomplishments of the Coroner’s Office.

Dr. Todd Thoma assumed the office of the Coroner in 2008 with the original office staff and is constantly updating the technology and making efforts to increase the knowledge and professionalism of his office and staff.  Dr. Thoma reinstated the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners. He also began using local services for autopsies which has resulted in a savings of $538,000.00 over the past 17 months in autopsy and transportation costs. Furthermore, Dr. Thoma implemented electronic death records and incorporated software that simplifies the process of investigation reports and coroner emergency certificates. Old vehicles have been replaced with new ones and all of the investigators that are armed have obtained Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification. The staff is currently testing for board certification with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation of St. Louis and anticipates that all of the staff will be certified by 2010. Dr. Thoma has worked diligently with the North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center Board of Directors to continue the progress for the new lab and has improved relations with local law enforcement agencies. A new building was acquired by the parish in 2008 for the Coroner’s office. It is located on Hearne Avenue. The office plans to relocate to the new facility in 2010. While maintaining a high level of accomplishments, Dr. Thoma is very pleased to announce that no increase in the allocations from the Parish of Caddo and the City of Shreveport was requested for the 2010 budget year.

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